Betty Byrd and her husband, Cecil, served as missionaries in Zambia and Mozambique for over 30 years. Trained as a Bible translator, experienced as a teacher, and warm as a friend, her testimony is both sobering and inspiring. Her obedience is off the charts: Even though tribal killers took the life of her husband, she refuses to stop serving unreached people worldwide. In 2008, she quietly and humbly worked with several friends to mobilize her home church, Okolona Christian Church (Louisville, KY), to adopt a people group in South Asia. Not long afterward, the church's leadership appointed her Prayer Coordinator for the outreach. She has traveled widely, speaking and sharing her testimony and her radical commitment to prayer. She loves her family, her friends, and, most of all, her Lord.
Praying at ICOM and More Encounters at the Wall
November 26, 2014
Just as we had finished setting up the lobby Wall and the adjacent special Wall of twenty-five highlighted people groups, an Columbus Convention Center executive stopped as he was walking by and engaged a few of us in conversation. The brightly colored, beautifully designed twenty-five groups Wall had especially caught his attention, and he wanted to know all about it. We discovered that he is one of the elders at Leave a Mark Church in Columbus. He was so impressed that he promised to bring another Leave a Mark leader to visit the Wall before the convention concluded. You might say the Wall is making its own mark with those who want to Leave a Mark! [READ MORE]
What a Difference a Prayer Makes
July 25, 2014
Just had the privilege of listening to an update from a young woman who recently returned to the U.S. after a 15-month internship in Spain. Would you let me share this story she told with you?
Multiple times during the fifteen months Sarah was in Spain, she observed a man of [â€¦] [READ MORE]
Encounter at the Wall
July 21, 2014
The Wall of Unreached Peoples is always a reminder to me of how great is the task yet remaining on behalf of those who do not know that Jesus is the Son of God and Savior of their souls. Each time I see the Wall’s panels, listing almost 7,000 unreached people groups, displayed at a convention, I am prompted to make it a personal goal to pray through all of those groups before the convention ends. The most recent North American Christian Convention was no exception.
April 26, 2014
"Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?"
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." I Corinthians 15:55-57
October 2, 2013
If you are involved in (or thinking about being involved in) a PACE project, you might want to begin prayer walking right now. Your first experience in such an endeavor does not have to be around the world. Instead, it can happen around the block, right where you live, as a beautiful picture of interceding before God for people right where you are – in your community and in your neighborhood, asking God to grant salvation. [READ MORE]
Emphasizing the "Pray" in PACE
June 7, 2012
From the outset of the PACE project at Okolona Christian Church, the "Pray" in PACE has played the leading role. How? Let's look at some of the ways. [READ MORE]
"The Wall" at Okolona Christian Church
March 8, 2012
The Wall, a tool created by Team Expansion as a resource your church, college, missions group, Perspectives class, or Kairos seminar can use to make a statement about unreached peoples. [READ MORE]
December 8, 2011
Here's what one person who attended the NMC/ICOM had to say about "The Wall of Unreached Peoples" exhibit: [READ MORE]
Praying at the Wall
November 7, 2011
Those of you who attend the National Missionary Convention in Atlanta from November 17-20 will have the privilege of praying for one or more of the 6,891 unreached people groups listed on black memorial wall panels at the Unleashed for the Unreached exhibit. [READ MORE]
Three Scriptures that Excite Me about Praying for Unreached Peoples!
September 21, 2011
A few days ago, a friend asked, "What are three Scriptures that excite you about praying for unreached peoples?" Almost immediately, three favorites came to mind....... [READ MORE]
To a Prayer Coordinator Facing an Uphill Climb
September 18, 2011
Recently, I was asked to write an email of encouragement to a local church Prayer Coordinator who was facing an uphill climb, mobilizing and recruiting cohorts for a ministry of prayer. Here's what I wrote... [READ MORE]